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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 16 of 32

Bottom & Front of OM-D EM 1 Mark II


Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 16 of 32

Bottom & Front of OM-D EM 1 Mark II


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Bottom & Front of OM-D EM 1 Mark II

[Presenter] - Onto the bottom of the camera we have of course your serial number, which is good for insurance purposes, the standard tripod socket right in the middle, which is good for all of your monopods, tripods, and other grip accessories. We of course have our battery door in here for the new larger battery, and so this is giving us a little bit expanded life. It's about 25 percent more life span than the previous version, on the previous camera. It is new, it is bigger in size, and so that of course comes with it. There's a little orange release tab to make sure that it doesn't fall out too easily. Camera does come with a battery charger. And plug into the wall, it'll blink while it's charging, and then give you a charged green light when it is done. Now, I personally do not like the long cord that it comes with, and so you can purchase on your own, there's a number of these different little devices out there. This is called a Duck Head adapter. You can go onto Amazon, or you ca...

n Google any place that sells a lot of electronics. Don't look for Duck Face. Duck Face and Duck Head are very different. Duck Head refers to the little shape of this, and so you can plug it into the side and it's basically a travel charger then, and it allows you to not have to use that big long cord. And so, not supplied. They're small, they're easy to lose, and so I bought a pack of three for about 10 bucks, and so they are super cheap. And I haven't lost one yet, so I'm doing pretty good. Also on the bottom of the camera is this little rubber cover which allows you to hook up their PHB, their power battery holder, which is a vertical grip on the camera. So if you shoot a lot of verticals it can be very, very nice. You can put another battery in there. It also allows you to work with the AC adapter if you need continuous power all the time for the camera. It's gonna duplicate a lot of the controls on the camera, on the back so that you can hold it vertically in your hand and be more comfortable. I find that they are very nice if you do a lot of people photography, whether it's portraits or sports photography, your camera ends up being in your hand vertically and this just make the camera more comfortable to shoot in a vertical node. If you just want a bigger grip on the camera or you need more battery life, it's another good reason for using the grip. It sells for about 250 dollars. The AC adapter in itself is kind of pricey, that's about 150 dollars as well, for anyone who needs it for studio, or potentially scientific purposes. Working our way over to the front of the camera. We have our little flash, PC flash. Doesn't stand for personal computer. It's so you can hook up flash equipment strobe equipment, synchronizing equipment through that. The lens release has a little alignment pin. One of the things I always find a little strange, I've been into photography for so long, it never bothers me, but I see someone who buys a new camera, they'll say, "I'm not even sure how to take the lens on and off", and so they always get scared about taking lenses on and off. And it's really not a big deal. And so, just real quickly. You got the lens release button over here. And there's a little indicator on the lens where there's a red dot here and a red dot here. There's this little pin here, and when it gets locked in on the lens in the right spot you'll hear a little click, so if I mount this up and I do it correctly you'll hear a click. Right there. Then you have it on right. I would be careful about changing lenses in a dusty environment, because the sensor doesn't have the shutter in front, it doesn't have a mirror in front of it like an SLR, it is prone to collecting more dust in there. Now it does have that sensor shake that it knocks off the dust, but it's best not to get the dust in there, and so just be careful in dusty and wet environments when you are changing lenses. Our sensor is a 20.4 megapixel sensor. It does not have the low pass or the anti aliasing filter on it, so it's possible you could get more A with certain types of patterns on there, but it is a way to get a little bit more sharpness out of the sensor which is why they took it off. We have CPU contacts which is communicating all sorts of information with the lens. Make sure those are not obstructed or broken or damaged in any way. Our lens alignment mark will be visible on all the lenses. And then we have function buttons. They don't really have names, it's the front top button maybe, and what you can do here is a one touch white balance. And I want to show you how this works. And I'm gonna take my fancy little color checker and I'm gonna switch it over so that we can see the white part of this and it has a calibrated white section on here. So let me turn my camera on, and I'm gonna zoom in on this white card right here. And I wanna make sure this is white. I don't know what color light source we're using, I'm just gonna go to manual focus to make this a little bit easier. And so if I press the top button, and you can't see it but I'm pressing the top button on the camera. Top front button on the camera. Point the camera at a sheet of white paper. Okay, well this will work. And then I'm gonna press down the shutter button. You see how it says press, plus shutter button. I'm speaking too much. (audience laughter) All right, I take the picture, and I can calibrate that to any one of these settings here. So I'm gonna save that to setting number one, all right. So what I'm gonna do now is I'm gonna flip this around and I have some pink Post It notes, and I'm gonna calibrate the camera to these pink Post It notes, which is something terrible. I'm gonna really cause the camera to do something wacky here. And so now, point the camera at a white sheet of paper. Yes, these are white. And I'm gonna shoot a picture. And I'm gonna save that to number two. All right. So it's trying to make those white. And so now I can change my white balance, which if I recall I can go in and flip this into two, and I can change my white balance between one and two, and let's take this out of the way and look at our scene and see what it looks like. Let's go back in the matte auto focus. And so, with white balance number one, very clean. And with number two it looks a little bit green, which I'm guessing is the opposite of the pink setting there. And so one is the correct color, and two is the off color that I calibrated off of the wrong color. And so there are some photographers who will calibrate with the wrong color, to actually get a warmer scene, or a scene that has a particular look do you want. So this camera has four different places that you can save that information in those custom white balance options. So that's the one touch white balance. Next up we have another function button which is currently doing depth of field preview. So let's take a look at a demo of this one. So when you press down on the button, it stops the lens down to it's working aperture and shows you in the viewfinder what that image is going to look like. And so that's helpful to see, how much depth of field am I going to get in the camera. There is a custom menu that allows you to boost the viewing brightness of that image when you are looking with the aperture stop down in the depth of field preview, and so that's generally something that I would recommend leaving turned on. And so we'll deal with that when we get into the menu section. If you want to reprogram one or both of these buttons, that is gonna be once again in the button dial lever section of the custom menu where you can go in and select one of the many, many different features to reassign to those buttons. The front of the camera has a little light that turns on during the self timer, and as a AF illuminator. Some people find this to be a little distracting for their subjects, and so if you want, yes you can customize this as well by turning off the AF illuminator in the custom menu.

Class Description


  • Adjust your camera's exposure
  • Take sharp photos with a solid understanding of the autofocus system
  • Use the camera's advanced modes, like High Res and focus stacking
  • Customize your camera's controls
  • Easily find different options in the complex menu system
  • Uncover the camera's hidden features


The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is one of the best lightweight Micro Four Thirds cameras on the market -- but the menu system is one of the most confusing and the camera's advanced tools can be hard to decipher solo. Ditch the instruction manual and maximize the potential of the E-M1 Mark II by learning from expert photographer John Greengo.

The Fast Start class covers the camera's controls, features, menu system and more. From basics like taking your first picture to advanced topics, by the end of this class, you'll be able to expertly use the E-M1 Mark II's many features. Learn how to use the advanced features like the High Res mode and in-camera focus stacking and find shortcuts for the most frequently used settings.

Customize your camera to your shooting style by setting custom controls and settings. Walk through the different options and learn John's recommendations for each setting. Finally, set up a pre-shot checklist and learn how to adapt the camera to different types of images.


  • Photographers just picking up the E-M1 Mark II for the first time
  • Self-taught photographers that want to see what they're missing
  • Photographers considering purchasing the E-M1 Mark II



John Greengo is a travel and landscape photographer with more than 30 years of experience. When he's not traveling and shooting, his straightforward teaching style helps new photographers learn the basics and become better acquainted with their gear. He's taught dozens of Fast Start classes on different interchangeable lens camera systems, including the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, the E-M10 Mark II, and Olympus PEN F along with cameras from Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Panasonic.


  1. Class Introduction

    The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a top Olympus camera -- but it also has one of the more confusing menu systems. In this short lesson, learn what to expect from the class.

  2. Camera Overview

    Get a jump start on learning your Olympus camera with a brief overview of the company and the Micro Four Thirds system. Learn what lenses are compatible with the camera, the difference between Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds, and just how weather-sealed the camera is.

  3. Photo Basics

    Pick up some essential photography basics in this lesson, starting with how a mirrorless camera works. Brush up on a few basics like shutter speed and a proper camera grip.

  4. Top Deck: Mode Dial

    Begin deciphering the camera's physical controls, starting with the top of the mirrorless camera. Learn how to use the mode dial and the mode dial lock, as well as what each mode means.

  5. Mode Dial: Exposure Control in P Mode

    Dive into adjusting the camera's exposure beginning with the Program Mode. Learn how to adjust the settings inside this mode, as well as how to use exposure compensation.

  6. Mode Dial: Manual Exposure

    Full manual control allows you to carry out for creative vision consistently with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Dive into manual exposure settings, including bulb and live time, in this lesson.

  7. Top Deck: Shooting Modes

    Continue exploring the top deck of the camera by looking at the Function 2 button with the Multi-Function tool, the record button, the high-speed sequential shooting options, and the HDR button. Then, learn the pros and cons of the different shooting modes, like the Pro Capture mode.

  8. Top Deck: HDR & AF Mode

    This Olympus camera makes HDR easy using bracketing. Learn how to easily bracket to shoot HDR. Then, jump into the camera's different autofocus modes and when to use each setting.

  9. Top Deck: Metering and Flashes

    That same AF shortcut will also control metering with the front dial. Learn how metering modes can help get the best exposure. Then, learn how to pair the camera with a flash, from the included FL-LM3 to more powerful flashes, which are sold separately.

  10. Backside: Viewfinder Display

    Navigate through the LCD monitor as well as the electronic viewfinder on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and learn how to customize what you see on those screens. The digital camera offers three different styles for the electronic viewfinder.

  11. Backside: ISO Controls & White Balance

    Moving to the back of the camera, learn how to quickly switch the control wheels to adjust ISO using the lever. John shares the best ISO settings to stay away from. Find the camera's white balance shortcuts to ensure accurate colors.

  12. Backside: Focus Area and Controls

    The Function 1 button adjusts the focus area. Learn how to adjust the focus area, move the focal point, and change the target size, as well as how to switch facial detection on and off. Control what you see on the screen using the Info button.

  13. Backside: Super Menu

    The Super Control Panel contains several different settings at a glance. Learn how to adjust the settings here, like the 5-axis image stabilization system, 4K video, flash, and various other settings.

  14. Backside: Playback Menu

    Review the images on the camera using the playback controls. Learn how the controls switch to a different shortcut specifically for the playback mode, and quick tips to help review your images.

  15. Left & Right Side of OM-D EM 1 Mark II

    Explore the camera's sides and dig into the camera's port options, as well as the controls that sit on some M.Zuiko lenses. On the right, you'll find the SD card slots and access for a remote trigger. John shares why the fastest card should always go in slot one and some tips on choosing a good SD card.

  16. Bottom & Front of OM-D EM 1 Mark II

    At the bottom of the camera, you'll find the serial number, tripod socket, and battery door. In this lesson, John also shares how to add the vertical battery grip accessory, an AC power adapter, and how to safely swap lenses.

  17. Olympus Lenses

    Pair the camera with a lens that's just as good. In this lesson, gain lens recommendations for the E-M1 Mark II, including M.Zuiko lenses from Olympus. Learn the different controls available on the lens.

  18. Camera Menu Settings Map

    Start deciphering the complex menu system by gaining an overview with John's menu settings map.

  19. Shooting Menu 1

    In the first tab of the menu, gain access to different shooting settings, from creating custom modes to adjusting image quality. Besides creating an overview of the complex menu system, John shares his recommended settings for the different menu options.

  20. Shooting Menu 2

    As the shooting menu continues, find features like bracketing, HDR, multiple exposures, keystone compensation and more. Watch a live demonstration of the camera's focus stacking feature.

  21. Video Menu

    Decipher the different options available in the video menu, including the default movie mode, quality settings, autofocus, and 5-axis image stabilization settings. In this lesson, John also explains the different video options available on the E-M1 Mark II, including frame rates, noise filters, and picture modes.

  22. Playback Menu

    Inside the playback menu, find the different options for reviewing images, including editing images in camera.

  23. Custom Menu A & B

    The Olympus Custom menu can feel very overwhelming at first. Here, John explains how the custom menu is organized, then dives into the first two sections of that menu.

  24. Custom Menu C1 & C2

    Walk through the different available controls inside the release, drive mode and stabilization custom menu, including suggested settings.

  25. Custom Menu D1-D4

    Inside the display menu, choose the different view options and settings for both the viewfinder and the LCD screen.

  26. Custom Menu E1-E3 & F

    The E menu adjusts different exposure parameters -- learn how to correct your metering if necessary, how to adjust the number of settings available for ISO and exposure compensation, and how to adjust the parameters of the auto ISO option. Then, dive into the F or flash custom menu.

  27. Custom Menu G

    The custom G menu on this Olympus camera covers image quality, white balance, and color. Learn the different options and find suggestions for where to set the different controls.

  28. Custom Menu H1-H2

    In this menu, choose the different record and erase settings for the SD card, like what card you are saving to, and advanced options like saving images to a folder on the card.

  29. Custom Menu I

    In the I menu, adjust the settings for the electronic viewfinder. Here, find controls for the eye sensor, brightness, layout and more.

  30. Custom Menu J1-J2

    Inside the utility menu, adjust a handful of settings, like setting time limits for the shortcuts made by pressing and holding a button. Here, you'll also find other options like touchscreen settings and other options.

  31. Setup Menu

    In the final section of the menu, find the setup options like formatting the card, adjusting the date and time, accessing Wi-Fi settings, adjusting monitor brightness and more.

  32. Camera Operation

    In this final lesson, prepare for any shoot with camera operation suggestions. Here, John shares a pre-shot checklist, key settings, and suggestions for multiple shooting scenarios.


a Creativelive Student

This is exactly what I was looking for - I really feel like I'm not able to control my camera, rather than the camera controlling me! :) I really learned a great deal - some of it was a great review, some of it was crucial information that will (hopefully) make me a better photographer. Thanks for a great class, John!!

Spyro Zarifopoulos

Great and very informative class.... John has done a fabulous job explaining all the simple and intricate details of the very sophisticated EM1 II. Thank you !!!

John Epperson

This is a great course on learning about the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. I have watched it many times to get to were I know it by memory the best I can. I like to go over it as much as possible because there is a lot to learn. I do wish that John would do an updated version since now it is up to Firmware 3.1. It is like a whole new camera with the new settings.